Fashion Can Serve for breast cancer awareness this October
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ICanServe Foundation presents Fashion Can Serve at the Raffles Makati Ballroom this October 13, 2016.
The theme for this year’s fundraising effort is We Don’t Walk Alone, featuring the designs of Dennis Lustico, Rosanna Ocampo-Rodriguez, Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Randy Ortiz, Mark Bumgarner, and Patty Ang.

In keeping with the theme, a number of courageous women will walk the runway with their loved ones.
These include Bibeth Orteza and son Rafa Siguion Reyna, mother-daughter pairs Beth Romualdez and Via Reyes, Chuchu Madrigal Eduque and Alex and Dr. Baby Gozali and Kara, sisters Frances Yu and Crickette Tantoco, sisters-in-law Margarita and Malou Fores (both cancer survivors), Amanda LuYm and close friend Cacay Moras, Rita Nareno and Maxine Chua.

The muses will make the proud statement that ICanServe Foundation has long been encouraging survivors to take: I am alive, I am here, and I am beautiful.

I Can Serve 2016

Standing (L-R): Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Randy Ortiz, Dennis Lustico, Patty Ang, ICanServe Foundation Chairman of the Board Libet Virata, Mark Bumgarner, ICanServe FoundationExecutive Director Lanie Eusebio, and ICanServe Foundation President Tang Sisngson
Seated (L-R): ICanServe Foundation Fundraising Committee Bettina Osmeña, ICanServe Foundation Founder Kara Alikpala and Rosanna Ocampo-Rodriguez

“When it comes to fighting cancer and the journey back to health, one is always grateful for not having to walk the difficult path alone, so this time our muses will walk with someone who is either a family member or a good friend, who was with them during their battle,” said Libet Virata, chairman of the ICanServe Foundation board.

Through the Fashion Can Serve fundraising event, ICanServe hopes to raise support for its flagship program Ating Dibdibin, which was first established in 2007.
Ating Dibdibin is the first comprehensive community-based breast screening program that educates barangay health workers and residents on how to perform the proper breast exam to help detect signs as well as increase the chances of early treatment.

Established in 1999, ICanServe is one of the biggest and most influential foundations dedicated to breast cancer awareness and screening in the Philippines.
“At ICanServe, there is a thriving community of women, survivors and volunteers who want to help and are filled with optimism and faith. They’ve conquered cancer, so anyone can, too. It’s inspiring. It’s contagious. It’s life-saving,” said Kara Alikpala, ICanServe Foundation founder.

This year, Fashion Can Serve’s partners for the fundraising event include Philip Stein, Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc., Marie France, Security Bank, Del Monte (Philippines), Medical City, Estee Lauder and Mercedes Benz. Media partners are Summit Media, 2nd Avenue, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Golden Touch.

Those interested to throw support behind this worthy cause may contact or text (0917) 586 3308.
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Pepper Lunch serves up new Pinoy Fiesta dishes
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Two years ago, Pepper Lunch Philippines convinced the Singapore head office to serve traditional Filipino dishes done the Pepper Lunch way. They came up with Sisig Pepper Rice and Lechon Pepper Rice, which instantly became crowd favorites.
This is year, Pepper Lunch adds two new dishes to Pinoy Fiesta: Chicken Inasal Pepper Rice and Pork Adobo Pepper Rice.
Chicken Inasal Pepper Rice is marinated in inasal flavors and spices before placed on a searing hotplate with signature Pepper Rice. The dish is served with a side of “toyomansi” and atchara.

Chicken Inasal Pepper Rice

Pepper Lunch recreates the Pinoy adobo with slices of liempo (pork belly) marinated in soy sauce and vinegar, with a healthy dash of cracked pepper. Pork Adobo is also served with Pepper Rice on a hotplate.

Pork Adobo Pepper Rice

Finish these off with Leche Flan that you can add to any Pinoy Fiesta dish or ordered a la carte.

Leche Flan

Sisig Pepper Rice is also available at any Pepper Lunch Express.

Pepper Lunch Pinoy Fiesta

Pinoy Fiesta season runs from July 1, 2016 until August 31, 2016.

Pepper Lunch Pinoy Fiesta

Fashion meets technology with Fashion Exchange International and Samsung
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Fashion Exchange International (FEI) recently teamed up with Samsung for a two-day event at the Marriott Manila, where Samsung showcased the Gear 360 as its 360-degree camera captured moments as they happened.
The Samsung Gear VR, on the other hand, allowed guests to relive fashion moments through virtual reality.

Samsung Fashion Exchange
Samsung Fashion Exchange

The event was filled with advances in technology, intended to match what Filipino designers need to go global. In Fashionology Talks, Joey Mead-King hosted a forum with designers (L-R) Francis Libiran, Rosenthal Tee, and Rajo Laurel, who shared ideas on the role of fashion in today’s world.

Fashion Talks

PR and marketing specialist Carmina Sanchez-Jacob, events director Robby Carmona, businesswoman and fashion icon Valerie Lim, and Asia Pacific MNC corporate veteran Henry Chan founded FEI to open more opportunities for Filipino designers in the international market.

Carmina Sanchez
Carmina Sanchez Jacob

Kim Jones
Kim Jones

Pam Quiñones
Pam Quiñones

BJ Pascual
BJ Pascual

Selected accessory and fashion designers were invited to participate in a Designers Showroom to meet guests, buyers, and media.
Among them: Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Ann Ong, Dennis Lustico, Francis Libiran, Ivarluski Aseron, Jail Jeans, Jeffrey Rogador, John Herrera, Ken Samudio, Maco Custodio, Proudrace, Rajo Laurel, Rosenthal Tee and Indonesian fashion designer Tex Saverio.

Samsung Fashion Exchange

Saverio, whose pieces have been worn by Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Lawrence, showcased his collection via a fashion show at the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

Tex Saverio

FEI also staged a Buyer’s Show consisting of the ready-to-wear collections of Laurel, Libiran, Aseron and Lustico. The presentations of the four designers were documented using Samsung Gear 360 units stationed at different areas, to capture different points of view in fashion, allowing anyone to see the whole picture as if they were there.

Ivar Aseron
Ivar Aseron

Rajo Laurel
Rajo Laurel

Francis Libiran
Francis Libiran

Dennis Lustico
Dennis Lustico

These photos were taken using a Samsung Galaxy 7.

Good news for Super Mario fans!
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I can’t believe the Universe heard me!
Every time my kids and I enter gaming stores at the mall I always take time to look at the shelves and inquire if they have Super Mario 3 in stock in any format. The answer is always no and my kids ask why am I looking for that game?
I tell them Super Mario 3 is the best game ever. Jeroen and I used to play it all the time.
I bought my first Super NES console in New York back in the ’90s. I was in college and I even called my dad (long distance) just to ask if I could spend $139 on Nintendo. He said yes right away.
It looked like this:

Nintendo Super NES

Twenty years later, I am still missing the game. Last month I thought, I can’t be the only person in the world who still wants to play Super Mario 3. It was just a matter of time and Nintendo would be catering to its old school customers and re-release the game.
True enough, Amazon has announced the release of Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition in November 2016.
The Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition will have the original look and feel, only smaller, sleeker. Instead of individual game cartridges, the console will have pre-installed games.

NIntendo Classic

Here’s the complete list of games:
Balloon Fight
Bubble Bobble
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dr. Mario
Final Fantasy
Ghosts’N Goblins
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby’s Adventure
Mario Bros.
Mega Man 2
Ninja Gaiden
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super C
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

The box will include a standard HDMI cable, one old-school NES Classic Controller, and an AC adapter. Additional NES Classic Controllers will be sold separately.

NIntendo Classic

It will retail for $59.99 in time for Christmas!
Thank You Lord/Universe/Nintendo!! Eye can’t wait!!

NIntendo Classic